Lesson Plan

Design and Engineer Solutions

This Design and Engineer Solutions lesson plan also includes:

What's the best way to collect all that trash? A culminating activity has scholars use the knowledge and skills from the unit to design a solution to the plastic trash island problem. They use 3-D pens or a 3-D printer to build models of a plastic collection device.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite classmates and community members to rate each group's solution and model
Classroom Considerations
  • This is the last of four installments in the Adrift in a Sea of Plastic unit
  • Requires access to 3-D pens and 3-D printers
  • Promotes creativity to solve a real-world problem
  • Requires learners to consider a current environmental issue
  • Does not include a specific lesson plan or worksheets